The Total Wellbeing Diet: Pros and Cons
Though the Total Wellbeing Diet was presented only in year 2005, it has already advanced in gaining popularity not only in its homeland Australia, but in the United States of America as well. The number of fans and opponents of the new weight-loss strategy is growing constantly, each bringing its own arguments pro or cons the Total Wellbeing Diet (TWD).
Undoubtedly, the first and the most forcible argument pro the TWD is that it is designed by professionals in nutrition, and the creation of the diet book was preceded by the detailed clinical research of the eating recommendations, which later formed the core of the Total Wellbeing Diet.
The study was conducted within the CSIRO, the leading national science agency in Australia. Scientists wanted to compare the results of following two diets: the fist was high in protein and low in fat (like Total Wellbeing Diet) and the other diet was high in carbohydrates and low in fat (like traditional Western diet). About 100 women participated in the study, which lasted for 12 weeks.
In spite of the fact that both diets were equal in the caloric load, the study did show the health benefits of following the high-protein diet in comparison to traditional diet, where carbohydrates play the leading role. The group of women, who followed high-protein diet, lost more weight and fat than those, who followed high-carbohydrates diet. The special weight loss results were recorded in the patients having too much of triglycerides in the blood.
Taking into account the positive results of studying the high-protein eating pattern and answering the growing interest to the diet, the authors of the study wrote the book on the main principles of Total Wellbeing Diet.
However, the fact that the TWD is based on the study, where only women participated, is very often criticized by opponents of the diet. They say it is designed only for women with certain metabolic disorders. Answering this accusation, the authors of the TWD give helpful tips on how to adjust the diet to be suitable for the whole families. Besides, four levels of energy make the diet suitable for people with different body mass, constitution, life style, and activity profile.
Since the TWD is developed by scientists, the whole diet is very well structured and rather balanced, promoting practically all types of foods with the sufficient sources of necessary nutrients, such as fiber, fish oil, vitamins and minerals. Besides, the diet is quite friendly, offering different food options for a dieter to chose the one, which suits his likings and at the same time allows staying on the diet.
Finally, the diet controls portion sizes, as well as the amount of calories, consumed with each meal. This is the only true and natural way to lose excessive body weight, according to the recommendations of many official authorities in health and nutrition.
The opponents of the Total Wellbeing Diet usually point out the unsuitability of the diet for vegetarians, high amount of protein in the ration and financial concerns, since meat as the main source of protein belongs to the expensive foods.
The Total Wellbeing Diet was criticized by some nutritionists for the increased amount of meat in the diet. The diet promotes more than two-fold increase in the daily consumption of meat in comparison to the recommendations of the Government's Australian Guide to Healthy Eating. This may contribute to the development of certain types of cancer; however, the CSIRO specialists say that they promote lean meat, which is much healthier option in comparison to usual red meat.
After the Total Wellbeing Diet became popular, some critical reviews were published even in the Nature, the world known and respected science magazine. The diet was accused of promoting meat in favor of certain companies that sponsored the research; the CSIRO itself was blamed for giving permission to attach the name of scientific organization to the book title. However, frankly speaking, the Total Wellbeing Diet is not the first diet to promote increased protein consumption: comparing the TWD with the Atkins, for instance, the Australian diet is much lower in protein than the Atkins, which remains one of the most popular diets in America for more than 30 year.
Finally, it should be noted, that there is a long list of the weight-loss programs with many controversial and debatable issues, but the Total Wellbeing Diet undoubtedly does not belong to the leaders of this list, because the majority of its principles are nutritionally sound, clinically tested and are conformable to the traditional approach to weight-loss.